Wastewater management issues of small communities in Jourdan River watershed

Author(s): Rainey, B.; Gude, V.; Truax, D.; Martin, J.

Wastewater treatment and nutrient removal alternatives for large size communities are very well-established and are feasible in many cases. When it comes to the small rural and especially for low-income disadvantaged communities, this is not the case, particularly with regard to nutrient removal. The alternatives for small communities are often viewed as cost-prohibitive and unreliable. While this is partly true, careful selection and implementation of appropriate technologies can result in high performance, energy and cost efficient and environmental-friendly solutions. Assessment of water and wastewater is very crucial to safeguard public health and the environment. However, water quality data on fresh and marine waters in the Mississippi coastal region, especially in Jourdan watershed are still sparse and uncoordinated. Therefore, monitoring these parameters is important for safety assessment of the environment and human public health and the water bodies. We have identified a few small and decentralized communities in the Jourdan River watershed area to assess the current wastewater treatment and management practices and their impacts on the receiving water bodies. This presentation will discuss the preliminary evaluation and understanding on the local water quality issues of the watershed.

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